Your child’s eyes are a big priority for us here at the office of Christianne Schoedel M.D. We recommend that children have a complete eye exam once every two years, with the first one occurring no later than the time that she or he starts school. However, if your child has any condition or disease that makes him or her susceptible to eye damage or vision loss, such as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, you may need to come in more often for our Grantley children’s eye care. What is of greatest importance is staying ahead of potential consequences and complications instead of dealing with them after the fact.
As with diabetes, both type one and type two, there is clear link between juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and the development of eye problems, including uveitis, which is an inflammation of the uvea inside the eye. But unlike with diabetes, it is not just the existence of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in your child that can put her or him in jeopardy of eye difficulties. It is also possible for the medication that your child takes for that disease to put him or her at increased risk for ocular damage. And because of this, our Grantley children’s eye care should be taken advantage of on a regular basis. How often? Our pediatric eye doctor will discuss this with you and it will be based largely on your child’s individual circumstances. The bottom line, however, is that uveitis can result in the destruction of eye tissue, loss of vision, and even blindness at its worst. Together, you and our Grantley children’s eye care can greatly decrease the chances of that happening.
Please contact our office and let us schedule you and your child for a visit. If your child has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, it is highly recommended that a complete examination be done.
Christianne Schoedel M.D.
360 St. Charles Way, York, PA 17402